News Digest: Small Business Saturday | Catalytic converter ‘Etch and Catch’ event | Val Vista Park survey – Pleasanton Weekly

Small Business Saturday

The Tri-Valley community is gearing up for Small Business Saturday this weekend, when residents are encouraged to shop, dine and visit locally on the day after Black Friday, which is often centered more on purchases made at large corporate retailers.

In Pleasanton, the city government is partnering with the Pleasanton Downtown Association to urge patrons to support small businesses in the community and keep their tax dollars local. Among those promotional efforts is the “Gift Pleasanton” eGift card.

The organizations said they are “encouraging the community to consider shopping ‘small’ and supporting local businesses this holiday season and throughout the year. Shopping local plays a vital role in supporting our local economy.”

To learn more, visit

‘Etch and Catch’ event

The Livermore Police Department and partners are joining together for an event next week aimed to help some residents prepare to combat the scourge of catalytic converter thefts.

LPD, Las Positas College’s automotive department, Subaru and Toyota are hosting a free catalytic converter etching event on Tuesday (Nov. 29) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the community college campus in Livermore (on Loop Road behind Building 800).

“The event will help law enforcement track down owners of recovered stolen catalytic converters since catalytic converters are unserialized,” officials said. “If your vehicle’s VIN is etched onto a catalytic converter, it helps police identify the owner. Also, a thief can face charges for the stolen property, not just possession of suspected stolen property.”

The “Etch and Catch” event is first-come, first-served. Officials will also have information booths regarding catalytic converter thefts and prevention tips. To learn more, email [email protected] or [email protected]

Val Vista survey

There are only a few more days left to complete the city of Pleasanton’s online survey that seeks to gather public input on potential playground renovations at Val Vista Community Park.

The seven-question online survey is set to remain active until next Wednesday (Nov. 30). City officials are preparing recommendations for playground improvements at the park, located at 7350 Johnson Drive across the street from the back side of Donlon Elementary School.

The project is expected to occur next spring and summer. To take the online questionnaire, visit